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Cherokee, Victoria, AU
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Cool Temperate

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The Fourth R

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Posted by Chris McLeod almost 9 years ago

It's hot, hot, hot here this week - then it rained heavily. Not bad for a cool temperate environment... Still work continues and I focused on maintenance this week.

Reuse, repair, recycle. Well, I reckon that there is a fourth “R” word: Maintain.

Yeah, alright sure the word “maintain” starts with the letter “M”, but that probably is the only real reason why that particular word wasn’t included along with the original three. Just because it doesn't fit is no reason to exclude it!
It’s been really hot this week at the farm. The heat has meant that very hard outside work has had to take a break and instead, I’ve been focusing on maintenance activities.
Even the bees reckon that it is hot here. Early one evening, Scruffy – who incidentally happens to be the best behaved dog here – and I, went for a walk to investigate how the bees were coping with the heat. The bee colonies at the farm are only a few months old. The extreme heat of last summer caused the wax inside the original hives to melt and the original three bee colonies swarmed and departed for cooler parts of the nearby forest. I now have two new bee colonies and they are located on the farm so that they receive only morning sun and afternoon shade. Those two new bee colonies appear to be coping with the heat quite well and in the photo below you can see the left hand side colony has forager bees happily coming and going, whilst the right hand side colony has worker bees on the front of the hive box happily getting some fresh air, before returning into the hive.


For the rest of the blog go to: http://ferngladefarm.blogspot.com.au/


the new bee colonies are coping very well with the recent heat

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